New Hope: Police Could Use DNA To Finally Identify The Zodiac Killer – Same Way They Caught The Golden State Killer

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The same way as was caught, police hope to find Zodiac Killer and solve one of the most horrible mysteries in US history. “We could finally have answers to one of the greatest whodunits of all time,” a criminologist said.

Could DNA finally identify the Zodiac Killer?

Investigators in Northern California have submitted decades-old letters from the Zodiac Killer to a DNA lab in a new attempt to identify the notorious Bay Area murderer using the same online genetic databases used to catch the suspected  last week.

Vallejo Police Detective Terry Poyser told the Sacramento Bee that investigators recently sent the letters to a private DNA lab for a type of advanced analysis that had previously not been available.

“It really comes down to DNA. Without it, you have nothing,” Vallejo Police Detective Terry Poyser said.

Poyser said the lab would attempt to obtain a full DNA profile from saliva on the envelope flap and stamps. If a genetic profile can be obtained, investigators will then try to run the DNA through online genealogical databases.

“They were confident they would be able to get something off it,” Poyser told the Bee.

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Who is Zodiac Killer?

Zodiac used the cryptic notes and letters to taunt police and boast of his crimes, claiming credit for dozens of murders.

“I like killing people because it is so much fun,” reads a deciphered message that police attribute to Zodiac. “It is more fun than killing wild game in the forest because man is the most dangerous animal of all. To kill something gives me the most thrilling experience.”

The Zodiac Killer terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s and early 1970s, killing five people and leaving two survivors in attacks in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco. He claimed responsibility for many more deaths in a series of taunting letters he sent to local news outlets.

Police used the technique last month to identify relatives of Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., a former police officer who’s since been charged in two cold cases that had been attributed to the and the East Area Rapist. The cases involve at least a dozen deaths and nearly 50 rapes that were committed from 1976 to 1986.


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